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‘Untouchable’ Hindu woman among Pakistan’s new senators

Krishna Kumari defeated a cleric linked to the Taliban to win her seat.

Pakistan has sworn in the newly elected members of the Senate, including for the first time a woman from the marginalised Hindu minority.

Krishna Kumari who hails from the so-called untouchables, the lowest in the caste system still prevailing in Pakistan and India, defeated a Taliban-linked cleric in the race.

The March 3 vote by national and provincial assemblies chose half of the politicians in the 104-member upper house of parliament to six-year terms, replacing those who had completed their terms.

The other 52 politicians were elected in 2015.

Members of the National Assembly, or lower house of parliament, are elected by nationwide vote in Pakistan’s two-chamber system.

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